I don’t mind spending hours in the kitchen cooking dinner in the winter. There is nothing more inviting to me than the smell of something braising in the oven for hours on end. In the summer though, I’m totally about quick meals. Not only quick meals, but light meals.
These grilled chicken gyros with tzatziki dressing were a breeze to whip up – it only took me about 20 minutes to make the marinade and dressing, then I was back to playing soccer outside with my boys. A few hours later I quickly grilled the chicken and assembled the gyros for dinner.
I’m pretty sure there’s nothing authentic about these gyros, but they’re delicious! The chicken is so tender from the yogurt marinade, and while the tzatkizi dressing isn’t a traditional tzatziki sauce, I prefer the runnier consistency to drizzle over the gyros. It also makes for a great Greek salad dressing.
GRILLED CHICKEN GYROS WITH TZATZIKI DRESSING
- 1 lb organic boneless/skinless chicken breasts
- chopped cucumber, tomatoes, and red onion
- whole wheat flatbread or pita
For the marinade:
- 1/4 cup greek yogurt
- juice of 1 lemon
- few splashes of white wine vinegar
- a drizzle of olive oil
- few sprigs of oregano
- salt & peper to taste
For the tzatziki dressing:
- 1 cup greek yogurt
- 1/2 cucumber
- 1 clove of garlic
- splash of white wine vinegar
- drizzle of olive oil
- salt & pepper to taste
First, make the marinade by whisking all ingredients together in a bowl until combined. I made the marinade in the casserole dish I was putting my chicken in so that I wouldn’t have to dirty another bowl.
Add your chicken to the marinade and refrigerate for a few hours.
Time to make the tzatziki dressing. Pulse all ingredients in a blender until they are combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste, then refrigerate until you’re ready to eat.
When you’re ready to grill the chicken, remove the chicken from the refrigerator and allow it to come to room temperature. Grill the chicken until it is no longer pink inside (about 15 minutes total, depending on the thickness of the chicken breasts).
While the chicken is resting, chop up some cucumbers, tomatoes, and red onion to add to your gyro.
Time to build your gyro! Warm the flatbread or pita on the grill for a minute or two on each side. Now layer with chicken, cucumber, tomatoes, and red onion. Finish it off with a drizzle of the tzatziki dressing.
I made a simple greek salad using mixed greens, cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, kalamata olives, feta cheese, and more of the tzatziki dressing to serve alongside the gyros.